[Sold] A Tale of Two Cities fountain pen


Hanna Farmer’s tribute to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities uses the novel’s motifs of shadows, darkness, and of imprisonment to great effect. She has captured the atmosphere of the book’s setting – the French Revolution – brilliantly, with images of the Bastille, the pitiless, arrogant French aristocracy, Madame Defarge memorably knitting beside the guillotine, and Dr Manette obsessively making shoes even when he is no longer in prison. Love and self-sacrifice are also portrayed on this remarkable artwork that tells a story. Hanna has included the final memorable line of the book, spoken by Sydney Carton as he prepares himself for execution so as to save the life of Darnay, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. It’s a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

The pen was made by us at Stanford Pen Studio, painted and zendoodled by Hanna then coated in a clear resin by ourselves and given its final shape, polished, and buffed. It has a silver cap band, section ring, and silver logo medallion in the cap finial, and we have added a grey-green section.

Each of our hand-painted fountain pens is a 1/1 original work of art, hence no-one else will ever own an identical pen.


Available in Jowo #6 in polished steel. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad at the check-out.

The Jabulani model


This is a gently curvaceous model, with a relatively wide girth of 16 mm (0,6″) narrowing to a 10,5 mm (0,4″)  grip section. It has our logo on the finial, and the finial is ever-so-slightly rounded, rather than dead flat, which adds to the pen’s elegance.


  mm inches
Total length (closed)  148 5,8 
Length (pen only no cap) 136  5,3 
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 16  0,6 
Width of section at narrowest point 10,5  0,4 
Section length 25  10 
Cap thread 14  0,5 

The section can be made to fit either a Bock #6 or a Jowo #6 nib.

Refill type:

Standard international fountain pen converter (supplied) or ink cartridge.


International shipping to your door via DHL Express is R350 and should take less than 10 days once despatched. Pens are securely packed.

Shipping within South Africa to your door is R60.

More information on this model is available here.